PASSAGES: The Art of Sandro Sardella & Friends


In conjunction with the San Francisco International Poetry Festival, the Emerald Tablet presents the artwork of Italian poet Sandro Sardella.

Sandro Sardella was born in Varese, northern Italy, in 1952. In 1980, with Ferruccio Brugnaro and other worker-poets, he founded a magazine called “abiti-lavoro” (clothes-work) that published writings from the factory. Through the succeeding years, under the imprint of Alberto Casiraghy, Sandro (an accomplished painter as well as a poet) has written over 60 books involving a poem and an artwork or drawing.

His book of poetry Coriandoli (Coloredpaperbits), published in Italian in 1989, was translated into English by Jack Hirschman and published in the U.S. in 1996 by the Parentheses Writing Series. In 2010 he published Paper Flowers. In 2011, Sardella began a project focusing on a book of poems and drawings written in 1978, originally written and distributed as leaflets when he worked in a metal factory and in a post office.

Sardella’s visual work will be featured at The Emerald Tablet from August 26th to September 2nd, alongside other poet/painters and participants in the San Francisco Poetry Festival, including Jack Hirschman, Agneta Falk, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Matt Gonzalez, Neeli Cherkovski, Rosemary Manno, Alejandro Murguia, George Long, Dorothy Payne, Mahnaz Badihian and more.

A soft opening will be held on Thursday July 26th, 8-10 pm at the Emerald Tablet, following the San Francisco International Poetry Festival inauguration event at 7 pm in Kerouac Alley. An artist reception with readings, live music and refreshments will be held on the first Friday in August: August 3rd, 6-10 pm at The Emerald Tablet. Readings and other happenings will be held throughout the exhibit, to be announced in upcoming newsletters.

Show on display from July 26th to September 2nd 2012
Opening soiree: Thursday July 26th 8-10 pm
Artist reception: Friday August 3rd 6-10 pm
Gallery Hours: Sat and Sun 1-7 pm, or by appointment.

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